Harper. Shipping Containers Homes. May 02nd , 2018.
Manufacturers of goods and the shipping companies that ship those goods see them as disposable items throwaways just like the soda cans so many consumers still don`t see value in. It`s actually rather expensive for countries to ship unused and empty containers back to their country of origin and quite often it`s cheaper to buy new containers when the need for them arise. Costs for cargo containers vary but on average you can get a used one for about $1500. The average container has about 350 square feet of space. Someone who wants a 3000 square foot home would have to pay approximately $80 per square foot to have a home built using traditional methods. In some parts of the U.S. it costs well over $100 per square foot. Container homes cost about four and a half dollars per square foot (the cost is just for the frame not including the construction and finishing work). But do the calculations and you`ll see the basic (frame only) cost for a 3000 square foot home built from recycled containers is about $13500. Even with the added cost of having to configure and finish the basic units to make them into a home it`s still quite a savings over traditional home building methods.
And don`t be fooled into expecting that you`ll be left with shabby interiors - oh no! Shipping container homes can be fully kitted out with beautiful interiors featuring modern designs resulting in a truly beautiful finish. And of course the basics of standard Plumbing and electrics are also fitted.
When speaking of the girth the overall structural strength of a shipping container allows the engineer or builder to construct and develop multi-story dwellings in a greater amount therefore offering a larger living space without expanding its footprint. The heavy corrugated steel framing allows the unit to withstand 65000 lbs of stacked weight. It has been estimated that 86% of the materials used to build a shipping container home have been recycled. Hurricane winds may be a thing of the past if one was to live in a cargo box as a home. The foundations of these structures are strong enough to hold many stacks of the same weight and size on top of one another making this an incredible self-sustaining masterpiece. Also the main foundation design is not as expensive and uses a fraction of material which is much quicker to assemble. If you are concerned about the transportation infrastructure of these containers no need to worry because it already exists so the container homes can be easily moved by train ship or truck thus reducing major transport time.
A lot of people are looking into using recycled cargo containers as a material source for building homes. They certainly are a green alternative to other materials and using them does a lot of good for the recycling community. We don`t notice it very much but there are quite a lot of unused empty cargo containers sitting at ports all around the world doing nothing but taking up space. Or worse yet being sent off to landfill.